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McCrory, Perdue spar over lottery

By David Ingram

Gubernatorial candidates Bev Perdue and Pat McCrory tussled Wednesday over McCrory's willingness to repeal North Carolina's lottery.

Perdue, the Democratic nominee, highlighted McCrory's answers in March to a candidate questionnaire from the conservative N.C. Family Policy Council. The questionnaire asked, “Should the law that authorizes a state sponsored lottery in North Carolina be repealed?”

McCrory, a Republican and Charlotte's seven-term mayor, answered “Yes.” He then elaborated: “Repeal would be good but difficult since money has already been committed and budgeted for future years.”

Perdue's campaign said rolling back the lottery would create a $350 million hole in the state's education budget. In a news release, Perdue spokesman David Kochman accused McCrory of ducking the topic Wednesday in Asheville, where both candidates spoke to a group of school administrators.

“Pat McCrory wants to repeal the lottery – he just doesn't want North Carolina's educators to know it,” Kochman said.

McCrory's campaign responded that he has been consistent on the lottery – preferring repeal but recognizing the budget complications that such an effort would cause. He has called for limiting advertising, such as the times when television ads can be shown. (more…)